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Hey, big news!
Today, the House passed the Tax Extenders bill (after their hiccup yesterday).
As a reminder, the bill capitalizes the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and extends the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF).
The bill now heads to the Senate, and we need your Senators to vote for the legislation, H.R. 4213.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Call the housing staffer in your Senators’ offices next week. Congressional office phone numbers can be found by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
- Urge them to continue their support for preventing and ending homelessness in your community by voting YES on H.R. 4213.
- Call your Representatives and thank them for passing H.R. 4213. The list of who voted for the bill will available here shortly.
Needless to say, none of this progress can happen without your voice and support. Thank you so much! for your efforts to sway your members – and don’t stop now!
As many of our advocates know, the Alliance has long supported the capitalization of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). This fund – intended to support the creation, preservation, and rehabilitation of affordable housing – was created in July 2008 when Congress passed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act.
But Congress has yet to allocate any resources – read: funds – to the NHTF.
After two years of requesting capitalization, supporters of the NHTF are closer than ever. As we’ve blogged about before, Congress is currently considering H.R. 4213, known as the “Tax Extenders” bill, which include $1 billion to capitalize the NHTF.
(The bill also extends the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF) – another important resource for vulnerable families. Find out more about the Tax Extenders bill by reading our Advocacy Updates.)
The bill was originally slated for the House floor this week, but spending concerns delayed action. The legislation was sent to the House Rules Committee last night, where an amendment further complicated the already dense bill, according to The Hill.
Advocates are still hopeful that the bill may pass this week.